Definition

health information exchange (HIE)

Health information exchange (HIE) is the transmission of healthcare-related data among facilities, health information organizations (HIO) and government agencies according to national standards. HIE is an integral component of the health information technology (HIT) infrastructure under development in the United States and the associated National Health Information Network (NHIN).

To meet requirements, HIE technology must enable reliable and secure transfer of data among diverse systems and also facilitate access and retrieval data. The purpose of HIE development is to improve healthcare delivery and information gathering.

Learn more:

State HIE leaders face uphill journey to health data interoperability.

Case study: Maine HIE sets national example for participation.

This was last updated in May 2010
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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